Your roof doesn’t just finish off the look of the house. It protects you, your family, and your belongings. If your roof becomes damaged, it is not going to provide that protection. The following are some measures to take to reduce the risk of fire damage to your roof.
Use Fire-Resistant Materials
When your roof is installed, speak with the contractor about the type of roofing materials being used. If it costs a little more to get a higher-class material, it is often worth the investment. Class A roofing materials are the most fire-resistant, followed by Class B, then Class C, which are each less resistant than the one before. There are also unrated materials, which are the least resistant to fire.
Repair Holes and Gaps
Fire-resistant roofing materials will begin the job of protecting your roof against fire damage, but you should also have holes and gaps repaired. Damaged areas of the roof won’t have the same protection as other areas. Whether you’re missing some shingles or have a gap in your flashing, a fire could sneak through those damaged areas and into the less protected areas underneath.
Regularly Clean the Roof
Fire-resistant roofing materials doesn’t mean fireproof. If you have a lot of debris collected on the roof and it begins to burn for an extended period of time, the heat could eventually get to your roofing materials and ignite them. Any time debris falls on the roof, due to the change in seasons or the change in weather, be sure it gets cleaned off.
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